So you’re building a Wordpress portfolio?

Wordpress pluginsI’ve been doing some investigation into Wordpress for a potential new project. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been exploring various CMS’s recently based on some client requests. SuperGeekery is still powered by Expression Engine, as is a variety of other projects I’ve developed. I’ve had several recent proposals that specified Wordpress as the CMS requirement, so I’ve been doing some additional research on it.
One of the projects that I’ve been investigating in particular is a portfolio type site and I’ve found a group of plug-ins for Wordpress that might help creating such a site and I thought I’d share them here at SuperGeekery.
First, I wanted to be able to have 2 sets of categories for a each entry, basically a Clients set of categories and a Disciplines set of categories. Wordpress 2.8 (current as I write this) has custom taxonomies built into it. You can do a little bit of coding and come up with exactly what I needed. Even easier yet though, is a plug in that sets them up in the administration panel. Check out Simple Taxonomies here: http://yoast.com/wordpress/simple-taxonomies/
When you think of using a blogging CMS, typically the order of entries is in reverse chronological order. That works for a portfolio, but I would rather have the ability to drag and drop things into the order I want something presented in. Happily, there’s a Wordpress plug in for that called postMash. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postmash/
What about easily setting up some custom fields to hold a value, like “Should this piece be shown on the home page?” Well, there’s a plug in for that too. Check out More Fields: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-fields/
In the past, I used Thickbox to display media on a page. I chose it because it could handle just about any media type. It’s ceased active development though, so it’s not really an option going forward. Luckily Shadowbox is around to pick up on it. It’s also got a Wordpress plug in that makes it super simple to integrate with WP. Check it out here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shadowbox-js/
Lastly, I found Scissors, a Wordpress plug in that gives a little more flexibility to the admin panel by allowing you to do a custom crop on a large image to make a thumbnail. Most of the time, I make thumbnail images in Photoshop or Fireworks, but it’s handy to have it built into the system for when you really need it. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/scissors/
As I dig deeper and try integrating these plug ins into a real project, I’ll let you know how it turned out.
 

I’ve been doing some investigation into Wordpress for a potential new project. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve been exploring various CMS’s recently based on some client requests. SuperGeekery is still powered by Expression Engine, as is a variety of other projects I’ve developed. I’ve had several recent proposals that specified Wordpress as the CMS requirement, so I’ve been doing some additional research on it.
One of the projects that I’ve been investigating in particular is a portfolio type site and I’ve found a group of plug-ins for Wordpress that might help creating such a site and I thought I’d share them here at SuperGeekery.
First, I wanted to be able to have 2 sets of categories for a each entry, basically a Clients set of categories and a Disciplines set of categories. Wordpress 2.8 (current as I write this) has custom taxonomies built into it. You can do a little bit of coding and come up with exactly what I needed. Even easier yet though, is a plug in that sets them up in the administration panel. Check out Simple Taxonomies here: http://yoast.com/wordpress/simple-taxonomies/
When you think of using a blogging CMS, typically the order of entries is in reverse chronological order. That works for a portfolio, but I would rather have the ability to drag and drop things into the order I want something presented in. Happily, there’s a Wordpress plug in for that called postMash. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/postmash/
What about easily setting up some custom fields to hold a value, like “Should this piece be shown on the home page?” Well, there’s a plug in for that too. Check out More Fields: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/more-fields/
In the past, I used Thickbox to display media on a page. I chose it because it could handle just about any media type. It’s ceased active development though, so it’s not really an option going forward. Luckily Shadowbox is around to pick up on it. It’s also got a Wordpress plug in that makes it super simple to integrate with WP. Check it out here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/shadowbox-js/
Lastly, I found Scissors, a Wordpress plug in that gives a little more flexibility to the admin panel by allowing you to do a custom crop on a large image to make a thumbnail. Most of the time, I make thumbnail images in Photoshop or Fireworks, but it’s handy to have it built into the system for when you really need it. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/scissors/
As I dig deeper and try integrating these plug ins into a real project, I’ll let you know how it turned

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I’ll be interested to see what you find. I’ve used Wordpress when helping a friend get a blog up, but I don’t have a lot of experience with anything other than relevant plugins for that.

I recently got up a new version of Mary Holste Design (see link) that I put together with ExpressionEngine. The portfolio is sorted alphabetically by title within each different category. I would have really liked a “drag and drop” way to sort them, but ah well ...

I’m still pretty committed to EE, especially with 2.0 coming out in a month. But the themes, widgets, and plugins of Wordpress is pretty impressive.

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I’m excited for EE 2.0 too! It’s been quite a wait. I’ve never thought of it as vaporware, but it definitely has been a while.

By John Morton on Oct 26 2009
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